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Grayling confirms HS2 phase 2 route

Grayling confirms HS2 phase 2 route

17.07.17: The route that HS2 will take from Birmingham and onto Manchester and the north as part of phases 2a and 2b has today been confirmed by DfT. It has been revealed that Phase 2b will run towards the East Midlands Hub, then on to Chesterfield a...

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

17.07.17: A number of high-profile joint ventures (JVs) have been revealed as the winners of £6.6bn worth of major construction and civil engineering contracts for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham. In March last year, the te...

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

17.07.17: The names of the designers and engineers who are formally in the running to develop detailed plans for three brand new stations and majorly expand London Euston have today been named by HS2 Ltd. The station design contract shortlist, reveal...

Pilot launched to help Midlands SMEs tender HS2 contracts

Pilot launched to help Midlands SMEs tender HS2 contracts

11.07.17: Businesses in the Midlands will benefit from a free pilot programme designed to teach them how to capitalise on contracts with HS2. The free initiative, ‘Get On Track’,  is run by the West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC)...

Queen confirms commitment to bring forward HS2 phase 2 bill

Queen confirms commitment to bring forward HS2 phase 2 bill

21.06.17: The second phase of HS2 received a notable mention in today’s Queen’s Speech during the State Opening of Parliament ceremony. In her speech, the Queen confirmed that a new bill for the project “will be brought forward to d...

Adonis urges supply chain to ‘not be distracted by headlines’ and push on with HS2

Adonis urges supply chain to ‘not be distracted by headlines’ and push on with HS2

15.06.17: The peer leading the National Infrastructure Commission has this week pushed the industry to press on with major projects like HS2 and not be “distracted by headlines”. Speaking at the National Infrastructure Forum, Lord Adonis...

Beth West steps down as HS2 commercial director to join Landsec

Beth West steps down as HS2 commercial director to join Landsec

13.06.17: Another top-level executive at HS2 has left the company with only months left until work begins delivering the £55bn rail project. In an email sent around to staff at the company, commercial director Beth West announced that she would...

Plans to connect HS2 Interchange to Birmingham Airport being explored

Plans to connect HS2 Interchange to Birmingham Airport being explored

24.05.17: Transport bosses in the Midlands are considering proposals to build a terminal building linking the HS2 station to Birmingham Airport. The HS2 Interchange station will be located approximately 1.2 miles away from the airport and, if plans g...

Camden Council opens consultation on HS2 upgrades at Euston

Camden Council opens consultation on HS2 upgrades at Euston

22.05.17: Camden council has today released a plan for the development around and above Euston station in anticipation of works beginning ahead of HS2 going through the area. In the plans, a set of seven principles are set out as central to developme...

HS2 likely to create polarisation of high-skill jobs in London, LSE finds

HS2 likely to create polarisation of high-skill jobs in London, LSE finds

19.05.17: Better high-speed rail (HSR) links could lead to highly skilled managerial jobs being “geographically polarised” in London, research conducted by the London School of Economics (LSE) has found. The university looked at the effec...

Industry welcomes manifesto commitments to HS2

Industry welcomes manifesto commitments to HS2

18.05.17: Renewed commitment and investment in HS2 have today been announced by prime minister Theresa May as she launched her party’s manifesto. May also stated that if elected to power, the Conservatives would work to increase capacity on tra...

McNaughton hits back at reports of HS2 going over budget

McNaughton hits back at reports of HS2 going over budget

11.05.17: HS2’s technical director has stated that despite recent trouble with procurement and reports of mounting costs, the opening date of the project and its budget have not changed from original estimates. Talking at Railtex 2017, Professo...

HS2 submits plans to convert disused Curzon Street station entrance

HS2 submits plans to convert disused Curzon Street station entrance

05.05.17: HS2 has submitted planning permission to convert the disused Curzon Street station entrance building into a visitor space when the high-speed terminal comes into service. The company plan to turn the Grade-1 listed entrance building, one of...

Mace decides not to take legal action against HS2

Mace decides not to take legal action against HS2

02.05.17: Contractor Mace has announced that it will not be going through with taking legal action against HS2 Ltd for problems that arose during the procurement of the project’s £170m phase 2b contract. At the end of March, CH2M, the win...

Higgins defends botched HS2 contract despite conflict of interest

Higgins defends botched HS2 contract despite conflict of interest

21.04.17: HS2 Ltd would have likely disqualified CH2M before it even withdrew from the procurement of the Phase 2B development contract for a conflict of interest, as a member of its team had previously worked on HS2 Phase 1, it has been revealed. CH...

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Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

18/07/2018Banking giant pulls out of blockbuster £1.2bn Network Rail arches deal

 A partnership targeting the acquisition of Network Rail’s infrastructure arches have dropped out of the major £1.2bn race. ... more >
Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

18/07/2018Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

A 276-acre site in Yorkshire could be transformed into a major rail-connected hub servicing the north of England as part of proposals put forward... more >
Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

18/07/2018Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

Members of the London Assembly have written to Chris Grayling calling on him to take responsibility for the failings of the industry in implement... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >